The Hanover/Elizabeth Girl Scout Brownie Troop 5270 is raising breast cancer awareness throughout the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Girl Scout founder, Juliette Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, died from breast cancer and the girls are honoring her memory during her birthday month. The Girl Scouts are have hung pink ribbons throughout Hanover, participated in the Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce's Scarecrow Contest with a Breast Cancer Awareness themed entry, and handed out pink lemonade at the Apple River State Banks in Hanover and Elizabeth from 9–11 a.m. on Saturday, October 19.
The girls encouraged Hanover and Elizabeth residents and businesses to hang pink ribbons to illustrate their support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. According to the American Cancer Society, the chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is slightly less than one in 8 and the chance of dying from breast cancer is about one in 36. Thankfully, breast Breast cancer death rates have been going down. In most cases, this is the result of finding the cancer earlier through better treatment. Right now there are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
Congratulations to the Girl Scouts of Troop 5270 for their efforts to raise awareness of this issue in their community! More photos can be found on our Facebook Page!